First order of business: I came across a really funny writing-related album on the Facebook: Accurately Titled Novels.While giggling in glee at the titles (Especially the one about winning the Booker Prize, but no one's actually read the ending), I came across this one, which I think is related to my general aesthetic:From Writers' HQSo, … Continue reading Accurately Titled Novels and a travel notice
I appointed myself the family historian a few years ago and I've been searching records online in hopes of building a decent family shrub, at least, if not a tree.A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how actual historical records could potentially inspire a historical fiction. In that same post, I talked a little about … Continue reading How Death Records Can Help Your Family tree
Downton Abbey is back, though it won't be shown here in the States until January. Being impatient, I am unable to wait that long without being completely spoiled, so, yes, I have been watching.I am one of those creatures who loves costume dramas, romance novels about lords and ladies, and historical fiction, enjoying the pretty … Continue reading Why I Like Tom Branson
"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."- Winston Churchill "This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."- Sigmund Freud (speaking about the Irish) "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." -William Butler … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day
I've done a little more genealogical digging. Ireland had a census in 1901 and 1911--so I put in information for my great-grandmother, Annie Talbot McManus, since I knew she didn't arrive in New York until 1912 (she of the famous almost-got-on-the-Titanic story). I found her, living in County Mayo with her aunt and uncle, at … Continue reading "You mean, he’s not a Michael?"